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antaeusa

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#119088 20-May-2013 11:17
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Hi Guys,

I am allowed to spend $200 for a smart phone.. any advice on which is the best?

Galaxy Mini
Huawei Y210
Vodafone Smart II
Samsung Galaxy Y XT smartphone - I think this is a good choice..

Thanks in advance..


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  #822315 20-May-2013 11:17
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What network are you going to use?




 

 

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  #822316 20-May-2013 11:20
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freitasm: What network are you going to use?


Company says.. it has to be unlocked to be used on any network and I just need the handset.

 
 
 
 


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  #822318 20-May-2013 11:24
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this seems like a good deal

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  #822319 20-May-2013 11:27
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antaeusa:
freitasm: What network are you going to use?


Company says.. it has to be unlocked to be used on any network and I just need the handset.


That doesn't work like that. All mobile phones sold in New Zealand are unlocked.

Some of the cheap phones will have only 900/2100 (Vodafone/2degrees) MHz WCDMA or 850/2100 MHz WCDMA (Telecom).

If you buy a 900/2100 MHz WCDMA handset it will not work on Telecom (it may work in some small areas but mostly not). The same the other way around: a 850/2100 MHz handset will not work well on Vodafone/2degrees.

So just saying "it must be unlocked" doesn't help at all.





 

 

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  #822328 20-May-2013 11:35
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The Telecom Y300 is a much better phone that the Galaxy Y or Mini.   The extra screen size makes a big difference ,as well as newer version of Android and faster processor. 

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  #822330 20-May-2013 11:38
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Good points.. I will talk to the employer.. because they are not saying what their current provider is.

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  #822334 20-May-2013 11:45
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jonb: The Telecom Y300 is a much better phone that the Galaxy Y or Mini.   The extra screen size makes a big difference ,as well as newer version of Android and faster processor. 


Where can I find the CDMA specs for this..? It's not listed there..

 
 
 
 


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  #822339 20-May-2013 11:52
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WCDMA, not CDMA.

It's most likely 850/2100 MHz only - first because it's on Telecom, second because it's cheap so no quadband fancy stuff. Looking at specs of variants of this model they all only have two bands.




 

 

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  #822340 20-May-2013 11:52
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freitasm:
antaeusa:
freitasm: What network are you going to use?


Company says.. it has to be unlocked to be used on any network and I just need the handset.


That doesn't work like that. All mobile phones sold in New Zealand are unlocked.

Some of the cheap phones will have only 900/2100 (Vodafone/2degrees) MHz WCDMA or 850/2100 MHz WCDMA (Telecom).

If you buy a 900/2100 MHz WCDMA handset it will not work on Telecom (it may work in some small areas but mostly not). The same the other way around: a 850/2100 MHz handset will not work well on Vodafone/2degrees.

So just saying "it must be unlocked" doesn't help at all.



It's with 2 Degrees. So in that case I wonder if this phone will work well with 2 Degrees

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  #822351 20-May-2013 12:11
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One thing that you might want to consider is the size of internal memory. I find a lot of the cheaper androids have very small internal memories and this can limit the number of apps that can be installed

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  #822355 20-May-2013 12:13
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scheduler: One thing that you might want to consider is the size of internal memory. I find a lot of the cheaper androids have very small internal memories and this can limit the number of apps that can be installed


This is purely for work.. I have my own personal phone which is a S3.

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  #822366 20-May-2013 12:30
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Unfortunately not. If your employer uses 2 degrees, you need a 2 Degrees or Vodafone handset as those are the only ones that will have the correct bands to work.

This is available for $ 159 and It is ok, seems reasonably snappy and screen was good.


If this is going to be a primary phone, I would spend more though if possible or go second hand if you can.





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  #822367 20-May-2013 12:30
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wow a lot of people replied in the time it took to type that out.





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  #822456 20-May-2013 14:39
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Thanks for your ideas..comparing this Huawei Ascend Y201 vs Samsung Galaxy Pocket Black I might go with the Samsung since it's got a bigger screen from 2 Degrees.

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  #822458 20-May-2013 14:45
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ANyone else seeing the edge of the thread replies being chopped off?
Only seeing it in this thread, others are fine.

All I see is the Set Answer button the rest are chopped off.

Edit: Nevermind!  As soon I posted this reply it fixed itself :)

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